Not quite ladies first by MISS BOOTYLISHES can take the finale with Faldal and Head First others to find the shortlist. Andy Haynes' charge is just a 1lb out of the handicap but she is more than capable of acting upon the ground conditions and would not be inconvenienced by any further rain in the interim. A recent pipeopener at Southwell should have her spot on for this assignment. Faldal has Frankie Dettori booked which is something of a rarity on a hum-drum Sunday. The Falbrav filly won two races for Tom Dascombe and makes a debut for new connections this afternoon. Head First has the edge of racefitness over many. She is unproven on turf though has shown on Lingfield's polytrack that she gets further than this mile. Saturn Girl makes a first start for Michael Bell. She disappointed on her only previous experience of soft going. Paquerettza did not disgrace herself in a big handicap at York on her last run of the 2009 season. As a daughter of Dr Fong, there should be few excuses with regard to the going. Ajara has illustrious ownership in the form of Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes but a win at Wolverhampton isn't quite enough to earn a place in our starting eleven. Wiseman's Diamond was a credit to her trainer's skills last term. She improved by a grand total of 23lb since May of last year and has to defy a career high today. Miss Bootylishes has form on the surface and that is very appealing in the context of this affair.
Faldal 20-1 (8-11) 7th of 9, 8l behind Shamakiya (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f stk gs in Jul.
Paquerettza (FR) 8-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 19, 2 1/2l behind Starla Dancer (8-11) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Saturn Girl (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 8th of 12, 11l behind Black Dahlia (8-9) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Ajara (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, soon lost place, last of 7, 14l behind Dream Date (8-9) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp (4) pol in Jan '09.
Head First 7-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, switched right over 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, nk behind Make Amends (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Chadwell Spring (IRE) 12-1 (8-1) Held up behind, stumbled over 4f out, soon outpaced, never on terms, last of 7, 9l behind Roar Of Applause (8-8) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Oct.
Miss Bootylishes 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 2f, stay on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Border Owl (8-6) at Southwell 1m app hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Wiseman's Diamond (USA) 4-1fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, driven out, won at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep beating Diamond Daisy (9-2) by nk, 15 ran.